Chicago’s Best Espresso Martinis

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The Espresso Martini is on a comeback, and it’s no wonder why. Typically, an espresso martini is made from a combination of espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur–a great way to caffeinate while catching a buzz!

These bars have perfected their martinis, earning them a spot on the list of Chicago’s best espresso martinis.

Point and Feather

Off of Hubbard Street in the downtown area, this dart bar serves American cuisine. Additionally, its espresso martinis are created by an in-house mixologist. Concocted out of Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur and the lounge’s very own cold brew, this espresso martini is a House Favorite.

Machine: Engineered Drinking and Dining

Machine pushes the creative boundaries of dining to provide a unique drinking and dining experience. Located in Wicker Park, the restaurant and florist is best known for its decoratively crafted cocktails. Its espresso martini, infused with apple and cinnamon, offers flavors like no other. 

Starbucks Reserve

Chicago’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery, the largest Starbucks in the world, hosts four floors of Italian eats, cocktails, and coffee beverages. And, how could the coffee gurus not feature a collection of top-notch caffeinated martinis? From an espresso flight to a whiskey cold brew, all coffee fanatics are sure to find a boozy beverage to enjoy on the Reserve’s rooftop deck.

Avec

Avec’s airy decor and Mediterranean cuisine transport patrons from River North to coastal Spain. Enjoy an espresso martini with your dish of choice: oven-fired pizza, pasta, or a cheese plate.

Sepia

Sepia’s claim to fame is its unique classy but rustic ambiance. As a Michelin-star restaurant, it prides itself on sustainable practices and strict attention to detail in design and cuisine. Enjoy the comfort of the Sepia experience with an espresso martini created with vodka, dark rum, and delicious espresso foam.

Il Porcellino

Head to Il Porcellino in River North for a casual, family-friendly venue. This Italian restaurant offers a seasonal menu of pasta with ingredients from local farmers. After dinner, enjoy an espresso martini for dessert. Complete with vodka, la Colombe espresso, and borsci, Il Porcellino’s espresso martini is the perfect end to a family dinner.

Moonflower

Moonflower is a 21+ cocktail bar that combines the pleasures of cocktails, soul music, and comfort foods. This plant-themed getaway in Portage Park creates its nitro espresso martini with coffee liqueurs, cold brew, and vodka. On Friday and Saturday nights, the bar puts a spin on the espresso martini by turning it into fluffy shaved ice, perfect for any summer night.

16th Street Bar

This hip coffee and cocktail bar in the South Loop is the perfect place to work during the day or relax after a long one. Partnered with Strivers Coffee, a local, black-owned coffee brand, you are sure to enjoy the finest roasts in your cocktails. The bar serves up a variety of coffee-inspired drinks, including a pecan coffee and whiskey drink and White Russian.

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